2/9/11 Meeting Minutes

March 2, 2011


Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA  94109

Room 210 at 3:30 P.M.

Location and Time of Meeting

School Site Council Meeting-February 9, 2011

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present: Vicki Pesek, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Claire Siegel, Nicole Torres, Diane Lee, Frank Wu, Nancy Lambert, Karin Lau, Katie Pringle, Gayline Tom

Absent (Excused): Doug Page, David Zeeman, Mele Lau-Smith, Michelle Zhang

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

- M. Lau-Smith was absent.  J. Ring, co-chair, called the meeting to order at 3:39 pm.  There were eight elected members present; a quorum was established.

II.  Approval of 1/12/2011 Meeting Minutes

- C. Siegel moved to approve the minutes as presented.  N. Torres seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

III.  Old Business

1.  Letter to District and BoE

- K. Pringle got some clarifications from Nancy Waymack regarding Galileo’s budget allocations.  N. Waymack explained that any specialty funds such as the AP exams generated money and the EL pathway money should have been added to the site budget allocations at a later time, but that never happened.  If the District did add the funds, it was not clear for the school to tell whether it happened or not, because the District lumped everything as a single source of allocation – the Weighted Student Formula (WSF).

- K. Pringle had been forwarding any updated versions of the letter to J. Ring and P. Delaney for their feedback.  She asked P. Delaney to ascertain that the latest version to include asking the District to be transparent with their allocations, especially the various money that Galileo is entitled to.

- The District sponsors the annual School Planning Summit.  This year, the summit will be held at Everett Middle School on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  C. Siegel and K. Pringle will attend.  K. Pringle will get the site prelim budget on Saturday.  The budget is contingent on the Governor’s ballot initiative not passing; therefore, Galileo like other California schools will receive draconian cuts to their budget allocations.  We anticipate getting $350 less per pupil than last year, which translated to roughly about $735,000 less (2,100 enrollees times $350), which also translated to about 8.65 teaching positions ($735,000 divided by $85,000-average cost of a full time teacher).

- It will be impossible for Galileo to turn in a balanced budget.  A balanced budget would imply to the District that Galileo is able to trim $735,000.   But if we do submit a balanced budget, the school would have to reduce its staffing by 8.65 positions.  In this case, we stand to lose the young and competent and innovative teachers to other schools/districts.  And if and when the site gets the cut reinstated in the fall, it will be too late to hire those displaced teachers then.

VI.  New Business

1.  Funding Requests to School Site Council

- This item will be tabled to a future SSC meeting.

2.  WASC Action Plan Review and Discussion

- Z. Duskin was absent.  K. Pringle gave each of the members a copy of the Self-Study Action Plan and the 5 questions to discuss and answer in groups of twos or threes.  The five questions are as follows:

i.  What part of this action plan do you feel most committed to?

ii.  Who do we need to involve in this work to ensure our success?  What resources can we use?

iii.  What do you think is missing from the “initiatives” column?

iv.  What other ways to measure our success could we add?

v.  What does this action plan imply for the site council?

Answers to these questions were written down and submitted to K. Pringle.

3.  Addendum Items:

i.  Since V. Pesek announced her retirement and Z. Duskin disclosed her resignation at the end of the school year, the school will certainly be going through the administrative selection process.  In the past, the administrative selection committee was made up of five to seven site council members, which were equitably represented by all the components-principal, classroom teaches, staff, parents and students.  The committee would become the interviewing panel and the interviews would occur on a Saturday.  The site council got to formulate half of the interview questions and the District provided the other half.  So far, the school has yet been told how to proceed or the timeline.

ii.  Class registrations for the current 9th, 10th, 11th graders will be done online for the first time.  The pilot online registration took place last year for the incoming 9th graders.  Each grade counselor will accompany an English class to the computer lab, where students will be guided on how to sign up for 2011/2012 classes.  The entire process will take three to four weeks.

iii.  For the first time, 7th graders are allowed to take Algebra 1.  In this case, these 7th graders will take Geometry in the 8th grade, and advanced algebra in the 9th grade.  Some students might not be ready or be recommended to take such a challenging course in the 9th grade.  Whatever proficiency level, incoming students will be assessed for appropriate placement levels.  For the foreign language requirement, some students may take a test to opt out of the graduation requirement.

iv.  All the classes will sponsor a fund raising event on Tuesday, February 15, when families dine at Hard Rock Café, a portion of the proceed will go to Galileo’s 4 classes.

P. Delaney moved to adjourn the meeting.  W. Smith seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 pm.

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau